Fenil and Bollywood

Big B misses date with London Philharmonic

Posted on: December 23, 2009

MAKING MUSIC: Aadesh Shrivastava at Abbey Road Studios and (inset) Amitabh Bachchan

…so Aadesh Shrivastava records his voice against Orchestra’s music at Abbey Road

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 23, 2009)

He was meant to be at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in Westminster, London, where the Beatles recorded in 1969… but Paa Bachchan’s crazy schedules prevented him from joining Aadesh Shrivastava for a historic recording of the composer’s peace album there with the internationally saluted London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).
Poor Aadesh, he had to rise to the challenge of synchronising his starsinger Bachchan’s voice with the 68-piece LPO when the two parties were unable to record together. “I had to bring together the two giants of the entertainment business in different parts of the world. It was an honour that I’d have liked Amitji to have shared with me in London. I’m the first Indian musician to record with the LPO at Abbey Road Studios. They agreed to be part of my peace album the minute I mentioned the Bachchan name,” said the Bollywood composer.
Now Aadesh intends to translate the Hindi words that the Big B has sung into English. “It’s a peace song and I want Amitji’s contribution to reach a global audience,” said Aadesh. Bachchan’s track Dhara Gagan Chahe written by Sameer Anjaan had to be mixed and dubbed in Mumbai. The legendary actor, naturally, regretted not being able to record it at Abbey Road Studios. “It’s unfortunate I could not record with the LPO,” said Bachchan wistfully. The studios has become a tourist and pilgrimage spot for Beatles fans ever since the Fab Four recorded their Abbey Road album there whose jacket had the band famously walking across the zebra-crossing outside. And the LPO, incidentally, has scored the music for Hollywood films like The Lord of The Rings trilogy and also Star Wars, and it has made tribute albums to rock bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who in the past. Now it’s made music with Amitabh.

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